It’s no secret that although my work ethic is there, and it certainly leaves me driven for success, sometimes (okay the majority of the time) my ‘work ethic’ kicks in about a day or two before the deadline. I mean example A, I’m writing this two days before it needs to be submitted!
Whilst my case of procrastination often means a lot of late night cramming, caffeine cravings and painful mornings the next day, I’ve come to realise I work best under pressure. Now, that may not be a good thing, however it works for me. Yet, regardless of whether I crack or not under pressure, I do have to question my thought process of just why I put myself under such pressure – give me a month to do a project and I’ll leave it to the day before!
“Why do I do this to myself” I curse every time I leave it to the last minute, I’ll just never learn.
So, why do I leave it to the last minute? Why do I have to procrastinate until the very last minute every damn time? Is it genetics? Or was I just cursed by a ‘Maleficent like character’ when I was a baby – and if that was the case, where were my three magic fairies (or more importantly where’s my Prince Charming?!).
Although I think ‘work ethic’ plays a part in getting work done and having the motivation to do something – I think the error of my way is in my lack of organisation. I never fail to meet a deadline (as I hate nothing more than failing to do something I said I would) albeit, I’ll happily leave it to the last minute and suffer through a late night than get it done when I can.
Which is why I have come to term with my self-diagnosed issue… I am a pathological procrastinator.
So, want to get inside the thought process of a self-professed procrastinator?
Day 1: One whole week to get this done? Pffffttt, I don’t need that long!
Day 2: I’m going to get this done straight away… and then I won’t have to stress!
Day 3: Ugh I’m so tired, and it doesn’t have to be done for another week, I’ll definitely do it tomorrow!
Day 4: Deadlines, shmedlines
Day 5: TGIF! Woooooo! Who even works on a Friday? Not me!
Day 6: Okay, here’s the plan; I’m going to get home and straight away finish my work. That’s the deal. Oh, wait there’s a new episode of Riverdale on… yeah the work can wait, it doesn’t need to be in for ages anyway!
Day 7: Oh wow, the weeks gone quick, I should get the work done today. Yep, sat down, the works it front of me – this should be easy. Oh, Instagram, let me just spend the rest of the day on social media!
Day 8: Oh crap, I’ve gone and done it again. Someone get me a caffeine shot, stat (I could really use a fairy godmother right about now)!
Yeah, so that’s pretty much how my week goes, every week.
Words by Maija Lily
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